Eloy Fritsch - Mythology - 2001
"Mythology" is the tittle of the new release from the prolific Brazilian keyboard player Eloy Fritsch. A musician also known as a crucial member of one of the best progressive bands in the Brazilian prog scene called Apocalypse.
It's already quite long time since his career was consolidated. He has released already five albums since 1996, albums that has demonstrated the skill and wisdom of this young player.
Eloy is not a musician looking for the spectacular and always stunning Emersonian fireworks. He's got a total different approach, searching for the ambiance and the atmospheres more focused on the new age style more that trying to create an aggressive and an endless collection of notes. His most important influences are great names such as Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre, Kitaro and also Rick Wakeman. And like the great ones he takes over all the music without any side musicians playing all the keyboards by himself.
In this fifth work Eloy has taken the man and all his gods and myths as a concept. A record that gets to keep the man on earth and also keeping the music on earth. Most of his previous disks "Dreams", "Space Music" and "Cyberspace" were based on the search of the Cosmos, very futuristic with an outerspace view, with "Mythology" he lands on the planet to stay.
The record is a journey through the most significant and relevant ancient civilizations, associating different places and cultures in each song.
Starting up with the pompous "The Creation" and meeting the Inca's god of sun in "Inti" and capturing that unmistakable Cuzco sound. The delicate "Aphrodite" and the oriental "Shiva" that reminds me the Vangeli's "China". We can also find songs that becomes greater and thicker as they move like "Atlantis" and the magnificent and medieval "Excalibur". It is not a work that pretends to follow a flat line but it's a work that takes you to a different scene in each composition that makes you to fly the imagination. "Júpiter" sounds like the Rick Wakeman's eighties records and it's perhaps the most progressive-shaped piece. The final part of the album links several delicate songs with a different approach like the oriental "Yang & Yin" and the Aztec "Quetzalcoatl".
It's a record that I've liked a lot personally. A record more symphonic than anything else creating some beautiful new age sound. Eloy Fritsch has been doing it like this from the beginning and he has become a master with great imagination and colors, you can't ask for more. Don't miss it.